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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Evening Sun Staff | December 29, 1990
When Jukebox Live breaks into "Shake, Rattle and Roll" on a boisterous New Year's Eve, the real world fades away. That, in itself, is ample reward for a musician. Take it from Lou Bell, the band's 44-year-old lead singer and keyboard player."Probably to any musician, it's the biggest night of the year. The best night of the year. It's the party time, where people -- no matter what is going on all year -- have a good time," Bell says.It is a New Year's Eve band's solemn responsibility to usher revelers from one year to the next with ritualistic, soul-cleansing abandon.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down in Cecil County, and the shooting of Laurie Eberhardt, a grandmother hit by gunfire in Florida, share the same perplexing challenge for prosecutors and investigators. Both were watching fireworks on New Year's Eve when they were hit by apparent celebratory gunfire. And both face long odds of having their shooters brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air. If authorities ever find the person who fired the shot that hit Aaliyah, the county's top prosecutor said, a misdemeanor charge might be the most he or she could face.
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October 4, 2011
With New Year's Eve just a month away, we asked our staff about the pros and cons of the night. Here's what they had to say. •••• Best: There's almost always an awesome party to attend. Worst: There's yet another night that Ryan Seacrest is on TV.  Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• Worst is hats. And drunk people. Best is drunken people in hats.  Anne Tallent, editor,  b •••• Best: Getting to use a new calendar.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Aaliyah Boyer had hoped to watch the New Year's ball drop on TV, but when she learned she had missed the stroke of midnight by 32 seconds, she returned to the front yard with her friends to watch her neighbors light fireworks. Nearby, someone apparently fired a gun into the air to add to the celebration. Amid the jubilation, the 10-year-old fell to the ground, the warmth and color draining from her body after she was hit by a falling bullet. Her family initially thought that she had fainted, but the wound would prove fatal.
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By Garrison Keillor | December 28, 2006
New Year's Eve is a high point of the old year and the low point of the new. You go off to a party with expectations of hilarity and camaraderie and wind up in a cacophonous room packed with people shouting at people two feet away. You eat shrimp and drink grain- or grape-based beverages and drive home legally drunk and wake up at noon with chain saws in your head and one eyeball half out of its socket. And someone has already turned on the television for the football triple-header. A major hangover, and now you get to sit and watch big bozos bounce off each other and the sponsor's pickup trucks race up steep mountain roads.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 30, 1999
Richard Cressman and Danielle McMullen know what they want to do New Year's Eve: enjoy a nice early dinner, get married at 11 p.m. and return home before midnight.Fortunately for them, Howard County Circuit Court Clerk Margaret D. Rappaport is opening the courthouse in Ellicott City for marriages tomorrow night as a way to celebrate the beginning of 2000."How cool is it to get married on the millennium?" said Cressman, 23, an Internet support provider from Columbia.Rappaport and Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Clerk Robert P. Duckworth are the only court officials in the area volunteering to do this.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | January 4, 2009
A private chef in Washington had ordered 200 for his "very exclusive" New Year's Eve party. A California transplant living in Baltimore wanted a variety pack of 30 for her own year-end shindig. And a Mexican immigrant, acting out a near-daily ritual, said she'd be buying three of the $1.75 treats, one for now and two for later. It's always tamale time at Michelle's Cafe in Fells Point, but on Wednesday, as throughout this holiday season, the cornmeal concoctions were practically flying out of the steamer.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 16, 1997
When the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve last year, Karen Ruchkin and a group of friends climbed to the rooftop of her Canton home, said goodbye to the old year, and watched the fireworks over the Inner Harbor usher in the new."That was one of the stipulations the former owners had for me when we closed the sale of this house two years ago," Ruchkin said. "I promised them that every Fourth of July and every New Year's Eve I would host a party and share the spectacular view of the fireworks with friends."
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By John J. Snyder and John J. Snyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 4, 2000
THE SUN rose like a fiery red ball at dawn New Year's Eve. Not long after, at 7: 30 a.m. Fridayin the Village of Kings Contrivance, neighbors stood in line enjoying free coffee and doughnuts, waiting for Columbia's newest Safeway supermarket to open. A month ago, Valu Food, the local grocery chain that occupied the 44,000-square-foot space in the village center, declared bankruptcy. Safeway Inc. acquired the property and was able to refit it in time for the New Year's Eve opening. The early-morning customers waited patiently, nursing their breakfast and listening to a lively jazz duo, while politicians and company officials milled around behind a thick red ribbon.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Stephen Kiehl and Julie Bykowicz and Stephen Kiehl,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com and stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com | January 2, 2009
Weather was blustery, fireworks were postponed, and wallets were thin, leaving businesses in hot-spot Baltimore neighborhoods with skimpier-than-usual New Year's Eve crowds. "The wind and the cold really kept a lot of people in, I think," said Patrick Russell, who owns two Fells Point restaurants. He said his Slainte Irish Pub had 47 percent fewer patrons than New Year's Eve 2007 and that Kooper's Tavern was down 29 percent, though both places did better business this December than last.
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January 2, 2013
A Belcamp teenager died early New Year's Day after being injured in a crash on Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen shortly before New Year's Eve became 2013, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported. At 11:21 p.m. Dec. 31, Harford County sheriff's deputies responded to the 300 block of Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen for a report of a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. The sheriff's office investigation revealed that Austin D. Remines, 17, of the 1200 block of Person Place in Belcamp, was driving a 2008 Suzuki Forenza on Bush Chapel Road near the intersection of Mt. Calvary Church Road.
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January 1, 2013
On a near perfect New Year's Eve night, Havre de Grace welcomed 2013 with its 14th annual Duck Drop and fireworks. With temperatures in the low 30s and nary a breeze to disturb the stillness of the evening, hundreds descended on the area around the Havre de Grace Middle School and countless others watched from vantage points elsewhere in the city in anticipation of the Duck Drop. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Hose Co., whose members in recent years have added the city's holiday defining reverie to its boundless community service, the duck was hoisted atop one of the company's trucks with its apparatus fully extended high above the school grounds.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
This year ends with a seasonable day in Baltimore, with a highs in the mid 40s and cloudy skies. Monday is expected to start near freezing, with lows in the lower 30s. Normal temperatures this time of year are a high around 42 and a low around 25. Clouds are expected to move in throughout the day, with southwest winds shifting to westerly winds of about 10-15 mph. With the wind chill, temperatures will feel in the upper 20s in the morning and...
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By Kevin Rector and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Thousands of people streamed into Baltimore's Inner Harbor on New Year's Eve night to welcome 2013 with a bang of fireworks expected at midnight — a tradition for some and a new experience for others — as police scanned the crowds for threats. Steve and Lori Foster, along with their twin 12-year-old sons, Luke and Dylan, traveled from Newark, Del., for their first New Year's Eve in the city. "Somebody told us they have a really nice event down here, so we decided to come check it out," Steve said.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
I can get pretty sentimental on the last day of the year, and I thought some of you might be the same. So here's a little sentiment for New Year's Eve, courtesy of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus. " There is a wonderful moment in Act 2 when all of the mirth and slapstick of the operetta gives way to something gentle and, I think, quite genuine. This number, "Brüderlein und Schwesterlein," sends a message that boils down to: Let's all promise to get along tomorrow after having so much fun tonight -- a message perfect for a New Year's Eve toast.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Although the program's suspension was announced in July, AAA Mid-Atlantic would like to remind Marylanders that the free Tipsy?Taxi! service will not run this New Year's Eve, says Public and Government Affairs Manager Ragina C. Averella. The last Tipsy?Taxi! service provided in Maryland was for July 4 of this year. The service was established in 2006, and it gave free taxi rides during popular holidays known for their partying. Averella says one of the main reasons for the suspension was lack of funding.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to the Sun | December 28, 2008
Annapolis is preparing for a grander New Year's Eve celebration this year under new leadership from an Annapolis entrepreneur. Brendan Curley, owner of a small event management company, made a successful bid to run the non-alcoholic street party this year. He has enlisted a cadre of businesses and organizations to volunteer and sponsor events, including two fireworks shows this year - one for children and senior citizens who turn in early, and one for midnight revelers. Curley, who has lived in Annapolis for four years, said he had not gone to previous New Year's celebrations in Annapolis, but he recognized that someone needed to step forward and fill the vacuum left when First Night Annapolis ran into financial troubles and folded last year.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | January 11, 2009
Writing obituaries for The Baltimore Sun, you get to know a lot of nice people at the worst moment in their lives. In the majority of cases, this is the first time we have connected, even though, as we say, we occasionally have repeat customers. Inevitably, it can turn personal, when friends and colleagues pass away. (For the record, it is The Sun's policy that we do not write obits for our family members. Other reporters are given that task.) In the course of researching the life of the deceased, lots of good material surfaces that might not make the final cut because of space restrictions.
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Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
Why is “Trouble Maker,” a K-pop song that's been around for a year, suddenly getting worldwide Twitter love? I blame end-of-year lists and an upcoming awards ceremony. On a less global scale, residents along the East Coast continue to be curious about this weekend's weather, and Maryland residents are getting antsy about whether Congress will manage to avoid the fiscal cliff. Additionally, there's national attention focused on what lawmakers decide to do regarding guns. Finally, a member of Australia's Janoskians has given opinions on his favorite foods.
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By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
New York City Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest More than 35 years of tradition make New Year's Rockin' Eve one of America's most popular festivities. Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy and Neon Trees will greet the new year live from Times Square. The West Coast show will feature Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted. In remembrance of Dick Clark, who dies this year, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will host a special two-hour look back at the life of the television personality.
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